Second Anniversary Webinar of FDPPI

The webinar to mark the second anniversary of FDPPI was held today on the topic of “Getting Ready for the Personal Data Protection Era”.

Sri Tejasvi Surya, honourable MP inaugurated the webinar.

Mr Vijayashankar, Chairman of FDPPI delivered the Key Note address

A Panel consisting of Mr Venkat Satish Guttula,, Mr Rajesh Kumar, Infosys, Mr Satish Kumar Dwibhashi, Wibmo, Mr Srikanth, TVS and Mr Vijayendra Shenoy, Consultant participated in the discussions.

The following three videos capture the dliberations.





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Getting Ready ..Webinar online from 10.30 am

The Live webcast of the webinar on Getting ready for the Personal data protection will be available online here

Watch LIVE – 23-Sep-2020 | 10:30am IST





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Be there in the Webinar on September 23rd …Knowledge is Power

FDPPI, Foundation of Data Protection Professionals in India is a Not for profit company established in 2018 dedicated to the empowerment of the Data Protection industry in India.

FDPPI has already established itself as a leading institution in India in the field of Data Protection and provides affordable, global quality certification programs for professionals who want to build a career in Data Protection.

FDPPI is also in the process of establishing a compliance framework “Personal Data Protection Standard of India” as a standard for the use of SMEs and MSMEs on par with the globally recognized standards.

These two projects are expected to not only enable SMEs and MSMEs to be compliant with the Indian and Global data protection laws such as ITA 2008 (at present), PDPA-2020 (Proposed in India), GDPR and other laws which multiple countries have established, without the usual high costs associated with such certifications and compliance programs but save precious foreign exchange for the country.

While Data Protection is a concept well understood in the IT industry, its importance is not so well appreciated in the manufacturing industry and SME sector.

The Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 is now before the Joint Parliamentary Committee of the Parliament and is expected to be passed into a law soon. When the law comes into operation, it will extend the provisions of ITA 2000/2008 (Information Technology Act 2000 amended in 2008) and make it necessary for all organizations handling personal data to be proactively compliant or otherwise face prospects of significant fines. Though certain time would be available for compliance, prudent managements need to start their journey towards compliance early so that they are not caught napping at a later date.

“Getting Ready for the Data Protection Era” is aimed at creating a basic awareness of how the proposed law may affect SMEs including those in the Non IT sector. It is an initiative to spread the awareness of PDPA.

This is a “Free Webinar”  available for any interested person upon registration and invitation. The registration form is available here.

Understanding PDPA is not only essential to remain compliant but also to prepare ourselves for the next era of “Non Personal Data Governance Regulation” which the Government of India is working on to unlock the value of Non Personal Data.

We are pleased to inform that the honourable Member of Parliament, Sri Tejasvi Surya has consented to inaugurate the program. Several organizations such as See Change Consulting, KASSIA and BSPIN are supporting the  program for the benefit of their members.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this Program and enrich your knowledge.


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SMEs and MSMEs, Get Ready, Personal Data Protection Act is coming

While Data Processing Companies which are in the IT sector have a reasonable awareness of data protection laws, non IT companies including the Government departments, NGOs, SMEs and MSMEs have not so far given much thought to the impact of the law that may hit them any time.  Many are banking on the Government not passing the bill quickly or provide a long time for implementation even after the bill is passed.

Whether Government obliges them or not, responsible businessmen need to start their journey to understand what the Act means to them and how they need to get ready for the new regime.

To enable this segment of the business community get an idea about what Personal Data Protection means in their domain, FDPPI is organizing a webinar on “Getting Ready for the New Era of Personal Data Protection? on 23rd September 2020.

The webinar will be free and available on invitation. It will run between 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

The webinar will be inaugurated by Honorable Member of Parliament Sri Tejasvi Surya and is likely to have the participation of the State Government also. (Subject to Confirmation). Sri Na.Vijayashankar (Naavi), the Chairman of FDPPI will propose the Key Note address which will be followed by a panel discussion by eminent industry specialists viz, Sri Venkat Satish Guttula, CISO,, Sri Rajesh Kumar, Group Manager, Privacy and Data Protection Office, Infosys,Sri S.Srikanth, CISO, TVS., Sri Satish Kumar Dwibhashi, CISO, Wibmo Inc., and Sri Vijayendra Shenoy, IS Consultant and former Vice President, IT at Mumbai International Airport Ltd.

Persons interested may kindly register themselves here.

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Star Jnaana Vardhini Webinar

FDPPI conducts weekly webinars under the series “Jnaana Vardhini”. Presently the webinars are free and open to any body.

Now FDPPI has started a new series titled “Star Jnaana Vardhini” series which will be open only to paid members of FDPPI.

Presently it is intended that such program will be conducted once every month.

The first such program will be held on 19th August 2020 at 19.00 hours. The topic would be “Legal Aspects of Cloud Computing with specific reference to Data Protection”

This will be a “Round Table” Discussion anchored by Naavi.

We hope such programs would help in the continuing education of our members.

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Jnaana Jyothi program in Action

FDPPI has indicated its intention of undertaking a large scale “Data Protection Awareness Program in India” through education programs built around the core concept of “Data Protection”.

In this connection, FDPPI looks for collaboration with other organizations which are working in related areas and particularly the academic institutions to work together with FDPPI.

KLE Group of educational institutions has in the past collaborated with Naavi in spreading the knowledge of Cyber Laws in India and the first program titled “Certificate in Cyber Law by Cyber Law College in association with ……” started in collaboration with KLE Law College, Bangalore (Now called Bengaluru).  It then spread to GK Law College in Hubli (now called Hubballi), SDM Law College, Mangalore and JSS Law College, Mangalore.

Now KLE has again become instrumental in the current generation of knowledge dissemination, this time on Personal Data Protection.

FDPPI is proud to be associated with this prominent educational institution in Karnanataka which has over 100 years of service to the society behind it and over 265 different institutions in its educational fold.

On August 13th and 14th, a Virtual Seminar was organized by GK Law College, Hubballi on “Cyber Security and Data Protection” in association with FDPPI as the knowledge partner. The program was inaugurated by the Commissioner of Hubballi and Dharwar, Sri R.Dileep, IPS  and Naavi delivered the Key Note Address.

The entire program schedule in indicated in the brochure below:

The program was well attended by not only people from Hubbali but from the rest of India and even abroad. It was also live broadcast on Youtube.

We feel that this would be a trend setter in the Jnaana Jyothi program  concept undertaken by FDPPI.


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FDPPI Appoints a DPO

Foundation of Data protection Professionals in India is pleased to announce that it has become one of the first organizations in India to have appointed a Data Protection Officer to take care of the compliance requirements of FDPPI.

Dr Rakesh Goyal who is a well known information security professional has been appointed for the position.

Presently FDPPI does not collect personal data except in the context of membership and certification programs.

However in the coming days, with additional activities planned, the possibility of FDPPI collecting personal data if not the sensitive personal data is high. Hence acting in advance FDPPI has appointed a DPO.

The DPO will initially work on compliance on the basis of Section 43A of the Information Technology Act 2000/8 and also the compliance requirements as applicable under the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019, which is expected to be a law soon.


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Talent Exchange Center for Data Protection Professionals


FDPPI is a pioneering organization that was the first organizational effort in India to mobilize the Data Protection Professionals into a “Community”.

The prime objective of FDPPI is to empower this community with knowledge that is relevant along with the right attitude and the general benefit to the society. The memorandum of FDPPI declares that “Knowledge”, “Efficiency” and “Ethics” are the three important aspects on which the community would be built up.

In pursuance of this objective FDPPI have already created a “Certification” program to recognize a minimal level of knowledge that our members prefer to have.

FDPPI started with the certification on Indian Data Protection Laws as it exists and as is emerging. It has now extended the Certification to the global laws to GDPR and beyond.

Soon a batch of “Certified Data Protection Law Experts” will emerge with Certifications both in Indian laws and Global laws.

These professionals will have the foundation knowledge about Indian Data Protection laws of ITA 2000-Section 43A and PDPB along with GDPR, CCPA, Singapore PDPA 2012, HIPAA and DIFC-DPA 2020.

We believe that the Indian Companies including the early movers like the SBI and Tech Mahindra who have already announced their intention of hiring DPOs for their organizations and the hundreds of other organizations will look upto these certified professionals for their future recruitment needs. Some of them may consider dipping into the pool of talent being created by FDPPI.

FDPPI has already developed the concept of Exchange of pooled resources by creating the group of Supporting members who could exchange their professional services through the medium of FDPPI.

Talent Exchange Program

In consideration of the emerging need of the Data Protection Market in India from both the demand and supply side, FDPPI opens up a “Talent Exchange Division”  where we invite reputed organizations seeking to recruit DPOs for their organization to get in touch with Naavi if they are looking for suitable talent.

Considering the need for confidentiality and the additional Privacy obligations that this responsibility would impose, this responsibility will presently be handled only by Naavi. Information would not be shared with any body else in the organization including the other Directors.

Any of the Companies or Head hunters who would like to look for candidates and any of the individuals who would like to be considered for the talent exchange program may write to Naavi through e-mail and confidently share the information.

Any of the individuals whether they are certified under FDPPI or otherwise may also register themselves in the Talent Exchange pool if they are interested in “Data Protection Related placements”.

If there is a need for sharing of any information, the information would be only used in a highly de-identified, near anonymised form until the interested parties are brought together by specific consent.

Request for registration may be sent to Naavi for approval and only approved registrations will be processed further. Any information that is not approved would be discarded and no copy would be maintained. Renewed requests can be made after 3 months. All requests may be sent with the subject line “FDPPI Talent Exchange Program” and any other mail may be filtered out. The designated email address for the purpose is ceac.naavi9<at>

Registration Fee

For the individuals who are certified under the FDPPI program, no registration fee would be charged for enrollment as a prospective participant of the Talent Exchange Program. But all Certified people will not be enrolled except with their Consent. For others, a suitable registration fee would be charged. This would be directly communicated to the registrant.


By default it is deemed that no member of FDPPI or Certificate holders would be considered interested in the program. Only those who opt in with a specific request would be considered interested.

Dispute Resolution

Any disputes arising out of this service would be subject to arbitration through ODRGLOBAL.IN only.

P.S: Watch out this page for any modifications/refinements in the system

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FDPPI Jnaana Jyothi Program

In its bid to contribute towards empowering the Data Protection Ecosystem in India with more knowledge on the regulations sorrounding Data Protection, FDPPI is launching an awareness creation movement across the country on the current and emerging Data Protection regulatory regime in India.

The program titled “Jnaana Jyothi” would include conduct of “Invitation Lectures” through webinars to any organization and its employees who are interested in knowing more about the Indian data protection regime as it is unfolding now.

India is presently on the threshold of passing the Personal Data Protection Bill and has started discussions on Governance of Non Personal Data. At this point of time, there is a requirement for extensive outreach programs to let people know what  Personal Data Protection regulation means to them and what the Non personal data regulation can unfold.

Those organizations who want to take advantage of this Jnaana Jyothi program, can contact FDPPI to schedule invitation lectures in which different Chapters of FDPPI in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai would participate.

Different professionals from each of these chapters would conduct these sessions presently on the webinar mode until the physical meetings can be conducted. Interested persons can contact any of our chapters for more information.


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FDPPI’s Certification program on Global Data Protection Laws to commence today

The much awaited Module G program of FDPPI which will provide training on  many relevant Data Protection Laws of the world including GDPR, CCPA, Singapore PDPA, DIFC Data Protection law and HIPAA will commence today (11th July 2020)at 4.00 pm IST.

The sessions will be for 90 minutes each on Saturdays and Sundays starting from today upto August 23.

This is a significant step FDPPI has taken in preparing the Indian Data Protection Community to be aware of the multiple Data Protection laws to which the organisations in India are exposed to.

So far, Indian professionals had to opt for expensive global certification programs ane even in such programs the learnings were  often limited to one specific law such as GDPR. FDPPI recognizes that the life of a DPO in an Indian company is different from that of the DPOs in other countries. Most Indian companies handle personal data of different companies and it would be inappropriate if they apply “GDPR knowledge” alone as if every other law is covered by GDPR compliance.

FDPPI’s course is therefore structured to provide a reasonable overview of multiple data protection laws and given an opportunity for the student to develop a discerning view on these different laws.

FDPPI has already covered the Indian law separately in one full module over 14- hours of online training leading to certification of Module-I. Now this module called Module G will cover over 18 hours of online training and cover GDPR in fair detail and then the other laws to the extent feasible.

These certifications are two modules of the “Certified Expert Data Protection Professional” program developed by FDPPI.

While individual certificates such as “Certified Data Protection Professional (Module-G)”  will be issued to those participants who register for the Course along with Certification exam from FDPPI (Total Cost rs 18000), those who have opted only for the training and not for taking the certification exam (Total Cost Rs 6000/-) will receive participation certificate from the training partner, Cyber Law College.

This Certification program as well as the PDPSI framework of implementation of data protection regulation are two significant “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” initiatives taken by FDPPI in the field of Data Protection.

The objective of these programs is to establish “National Self Reliance in Data Protection Certifications, Implementation and Audits”

Those who have missed the registration and want to catch up before today afternoon when the program starts, may peruse the Prospectus and make payment through the following link to join the program.



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